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Mount Aso, Japan

November 26th, 2016

Mount Aso, Japan

Located in Aso Kuju National Park, near Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu, Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan, and is among the largest in the world.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Mount Aso.

Mount Aso

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Holy Cow

November 26th, 2016

Holy Cow

The cow is sacred in India; and woe betide the driver who doesn't swerve into a field to avoid them. Cows are not penned into fields here, and in the smaller towns and villages they wander wherever they like.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Holy Cow.

Jaisalmer

It is even said that some people in India might like to come back as a cow in the next life. Now there's a thought.

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Forbidden City, Beijing

November 26th, 2016

Forbidden City, Beijing

The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), in Beijing, was home to fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace Museum is located in the centre of Beijing, on the northern side of Tiananmen Square.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Forbidden City, Beijing.

Beijing

Probably photographed by every tourist visiting the Chinese capital, but few will get down on their hands and knees to find an angle like this; then wait for people walking through the frame to create a balance.

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Moscow Kremlin in Winter

November 26th, 2016

Moscow Kremlin in Winter

Outside the Russian Kremlin in Moscow. It is a sunny day in late winter. There is no longer snow on the ground but it is still very cold and spring feels a long way off.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Moscow Kremlin in Winter.

Moscow


The lack of foliage on the trees allows us to see through to the golden onions of the Russian Kremlin Churches - the Assumption and Annunciation Cathedrals (left) and Archangel's Cathedral (centre).

The Ivan the Great Bell Tower - said to mark the exact centre of Moscow - is the tall golden dome on the right.

In Russia, the word Kremlin implies a medieval, inner-city fortress. In earlier times it would have probably meant a fortified town, or town surrounded by a wall.

There are therefore a number of kremlins in Russia; although when we talk about The Kremlin, we usually mean where the workings of power take place in the Russian capital, Moscow.

As well as being the official working residence of the Russian President, the Moscow Kremlin also houses Russia's main museum.

The outer red brick wall of the Moscow Kremlin was built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries; replacing the earlier fire hazard, made of wood.

The tower on the left is The Secret (Tainitskaya) Tower and to the left of that is The Grand Kremlin Palace.

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Tourists in Budapest

November 26th, 2016

Tourists in Budapest

Technology has changed the way we do things as young tourists to Europe's capital cities no longer admire the sights but flip out an iPad to frame a quick selfie of themselves and share it online almost instantly; most likely with GPS information automatically geotagged to the image.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Tourists in Budapest.

Budapest

These two girls were enjoying themselves up on Budapest's Fisherman's Bastian, but I doubt the Danube made it into the frame.

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Skiing in Aspen, Colorado

November 26th, 2016

Skiing in Aspen, Colorado

Skiing Ruthie's Run in Aspen, Colorado; one of the classic Downhill runs in North America. Aspen Mountain, known locally as Ajax, was founded in 1946; as the first ski area venture of the Aspen Skiing Company. Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Skiing in Aspen, Colorado.

Skiing in Aspen

Ruthie Humphries made the initial $5,000 donation that enabled Aspen to host the first major international alpine ski championship held in North America; the 1950 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships.

In 1987, on a warm, sunny spring day in the mountains of Colorado, Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen (already the overall winner for the Ski World Cup series) made history in Aspen; by winning both the men's downhill and the giant slalom.

He was followed in second and third places by Swiss teammates Daniel Mahrer and Karl Alpiger.

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2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score

November 26th, 2016

2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score

As mentioned in the initial Travel Photographer of The Year 2016 blog post, we are holding a number of keyword subject contests over the coming year, with competing photographers earning points in each contest as they work towards a final score.

Scoring

Three points for an Editor's Choice award and a bonus point if an image was taken specifically for the contest and posted in the contest's discussion thread in the Top Travel Pics forum.

One (People's Choice) point may also be awarded to one or more images near the top of the Winners' leaderboard (with at least five votes) when public voting is finished.

Special scoring to be announced for the final rounds, to keep things interesting.

Travel Photography Contest Themes

Queen Elizabeth II Bridges Travel Photography Winter Travel Photography Landmarks Hotels and Accommodation Famous Lakes and Rivers Village Life Colourful Markets Landscapes Clifton Beach - Cape Town, South Africa St Petersburg, Russia Armenian Prayer Beads Brunei Mosque World War One Trench Cycling and Cyclists

Autumn Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Priscilla Burgers and Stacey Brooks.

People Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Peteris Vaivars and Karen Wiles.

Travel and Transportation Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to RicardMN Photography and Iryna Burkova.

Christmas Abroad Photography Contest: No Bonus Points awarded.

Bridges Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Jane Linders and Iryna Burkova.

Winter Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Irina Hays and Inge Riis McDonald.

Landmarks Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Inge Johnsson and Ivan Slosar.

Hotels and Accommodation: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Peg Donnellan and Nikolyn McDonald.

Famous Lakes and Rivers: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Carolyn Derstine and Karl Anderson.

Village Life: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Denise Mazzocco and Buddy Mays.

Markets: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Toni Abdnour and Steve Sturgill.

Landscape Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Bob Phillips and Janis Knight.

Beaches Around The World: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Michele Avanti and Cascade Colors.

Cities Around The World: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Carlos Amaro.

Travel Up Close: No Bonus Points awarded.

Religious Buildings Around The World: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Priscilla Burgers.

War Graves and Battlefields: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Julia Gavin and Hugh Smith.

Cycling and Cyclists:
With only eighteen images left, after we removed the duds, just one photographer received premium points.
Terry Cooper LRPS was awarded 12 points for Piazza San Martino.

Round Nineteen

2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Contest
Click Image to Enter.

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Travel Photographer Leaderboard
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The Race is Hotting Up

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22 Points
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Nikolyn McDonald: Omaha, NE.
Autumn (3), People (3), Bridges (3), Landmarks (3), Hotels (3+1), Village Life (3), Markets (3).

Field Of Gold Pluie a Chartres Glen Canyon Dam Bridge The Nubble Old Taos Guesthouse Fishing Village, Nova Scotia Pike Place Market, Seattle

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16 Points
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Buddy Mays: Bend, OR.
Winter (3), Village Life (3+1), Markets (3), Beaches (3), Up Close (3).

Vineyard Near Sion Market Day in the Algarve, Portugal Mayan Indian woman on the shores of Lake Atitlan Tulum Beach Mending Fishing Nets in Piraeus

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14 Points
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Iryna Burkova: Alexandria, Virginia.
Transport (3+1), Christmas (3), Bridges (3+1), Winter (3).

Foggy Voyage Twas The Night Before Christmas Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in New Orleans Winter landscape in mountains with a deer

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12 Points
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Terry Cooper LRPS: Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Cycling (12 Premium Points)

Piazza San Martino, Lucca

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10 Points
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Bob Phillips: Georgetown, TX.
People (3), Landscape (3+1), Beaches (3).

Street Artist Valley of Monuments at Dawn Tautuku Bay, New Zealand

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9 Points
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Ian Gledhill: Khon Kaen, Thailand.
People (3), Landmarks (3), Markets (3).

Fun at the Opera Rain Storm Lake View Khon Kaen Market, North East Thailand

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8 Points
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Priscilla Burgers: Cottonwood, AZ.
Autumn (3+1), Religious Buildings (3+1).

Mabry Mill Mission San Jose

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7 Points
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Hugh Smith: Carlsbad, CA.
Village Life (3), Battlefields (3+1).

Los Pescadores de Popotla Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Inge Johnsson: Frisco, TX.
Bridges (3), Landmarks (3+1).

Westminster Bridge at Night Taj Mahal In The Mist

Inge Riis McDonald: Nanaimo, Canada.
Transport (3), Winter (3+1).

Transportation in Victoria Frozen Peblinge Lake

Jane Linders: Maryland Heights, MO.
Bridges (3+1), Lakes & Rivers (3).

Forest Park Bridge Sunken USS Inaugural, Mississippi River

Karen Wiles: Hampstead, NC.
People (3+1), Markets (3).

San Blas Native Cana Vegetable Market, North Carolina

Toni Abdnour: Streator, IL.
Transport (3), Markets (3+1).

The Street Vendor Vietnamese Woman in Ho Chi Minh City

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6 Points
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Juli Scalzi: Denver, CO.
Christmas (3), Hotels (3).

Landon Spady: Portland, OR.
Christmas (3), Winter (3).

Loree Johnson: On The Road, USA.
Autumn (3), Bridges (3).

Ros Drinkwater: Carrickmacross, Ireland.
Up Close (3), Religious Buildings (3).

Steve Harrington: Bolton, Canada.
People (3), Transport (3).

Tony Murtagh: Bicester, United Kingdom.
People (3), Transport (3).

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14 Photographers are on 4 Points - and 98 Photographers have 3 Points.
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Travel Photographer of The Year 2016

November 24th, 2016

Travel Photographer of The Year 2016

Win a year's free hosting for your travel images on Fine Art America.

Yes folks, that's the prize up for grabs at the end of 2016 in our Travel Photographer of the Year contest; and it's free to enter!



We've talked about this before in our Top Travel Pics Group discussions; I just needed to work out the fine details and get the timing right.

The suggestion was to create a number of keyword subject contests over the coming year, with competing photographers earning points in each contest as they work towards a final score.

Some of the travel photographers in our group helped refine the keyword suggestions.

An image entered in one our travel photography contests should not be entered in another, so I didn't want too much overlap in the keywords used.

Still subject to change, the proposed keyword gallery contests will be chosen from:

Animals, Architecture, Autumn, Beaches, Boats, Bridges, Castles, Cities, Coastal, Cycling and Cyclists, Doors, Festivals, Food and Drink, Fountains, Historic, Hotels, Lakes and Rivers, Landmarks, Landscapes, Markets, Museums, Mountains, Nightlife, People, Reflections, Religious Buildings, Rural, Seascape, Spring, Sports, Streets, Summer, Sunsets, Towns, Transport, Trees, Up Close, Urban, Village Life, War Graves and Battlefields, Waterfalls, Windows, Winter.

I was thinking about three contests a month (on the 1st, 11th and 21st) but have decided to settle on two a month.

The travel photography contests should start on the 1st and 16th of each month and run for fourteen days, with seven days open to voting.

The Autumn Travel Photography contest will be used to kick off the series.

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Travel Photographer of The Year 2016
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Scoring.

Up for grabs is three points for an Editor's Choice award and a bonus point if an image was taken specifically for the contest and posted in the contest's discussion thread in the Top Travel Pics forum.

One (People's Choice) point will also be awarded to an image near the top of the Winners leaderboard (with at least five votes) when public voting is finished.

Photographers may invite people to visit the contest to vote but not specifically ask them to vote on their entries.

The travel photography contest is open to anyone with photos hosted on Fine Art America. If you're not a member, create your own artist website (for free).

A free account allows you to host 25 images; which will cover two entries a month for the next twelve months.

Our travel photography contests are sponsored by the Top Travel Pics group. All contest entrants are encouraged to join our community discussions.

Travel Photography Contest Themes

Queen Elizabeth II Bridges Travel Photography Winter Travel Photography Landmarks Hotels and Accommodation Famous Lakes and Rivers Village Life Colourful Markets Landscapes Clifton Beach - Cape Town, South Africa St Petersburg, Russia Armenian Prayer Beads Brunei Mosque World War One Trench Cycling and Cyclists 2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Contest

2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score.

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Vegan Suede Cushions - Snuggle Up With Free UK Delivery From Wraptious

November 24th, 2016



Wraptious - a Manchester-based, award-winning creative community and shop, supporting artists and illustrators with a small share of the profits - is looking for new artists to showcase.

I chose to submit three images from Around The World: New York, Sydney and Vietnam.

If you live in the UK and would like to snuggle up to these vegan suede cushions while you dream of distant shores, then you can profit from free shipping.

New York



New York

Liberty Island is a federally owned island in Upper New York Bay, best known as the location of the Statue of Liberty.

The copper statue was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and built by Gustave Eiffel.

A gift to the United States from the people of France, the colossal neoclassical sculpture was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

The statue is of a robed female figure bearing a torch and a a tablet evoking the law upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence; July 4, 1776.

Sydney



Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House (UNESCO World Heritage site) at dusk, taken from an interesting perspective on Olympic Drive.

This photo was used on the cover of Nomadic Gatherings: Travels in Asia and Australia.

Vietnam



Vietnam

Two Vietnamese women wearing the traditional conical hat (Non La) to protect themselves from the sun while working knee-deep in paddy fields outside Hue, along the central coast of Vietnam.

The word 'paddy' is derived from the Malay word padi, rice plant.

Free International Shipping

If you buy all three cushions, bringing your basket size to 50 or more, Wraptious will even ship to anywhere in the world - for free.

But get in quick; the cushions entered in competition are available to purchase for a limited time only.

Competition Voting: New York - Sydney - Vietnam

Eight artists will be shortlisted based on points, gained from either Facebook likes (1 point) or cushion sales (50 points).

Points will count through to November 13th, so even if you don't have the money to buy you can still visit your favourites and give them a Facebook Like.

A further five short-listed entries will be chosen by Wraptious.

These entries will then be shared with a panel of over 30 expert judges from trade and retail across the United Kingdom.

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People Travel Photography

November 24th, 2016

People Travel Photography

People photos may be of celebrities or complete strangers, paparazzi pics or a form of documentary photography; where a street photographer tries to capture a visual moment and convey something of a person's story like a photojournalist.

Many photographers seem to think of travel photography as focusing on landscapes and buildings; maybe even playing around with a tripod to get everything looking just right.

But some of the best travel photography is of the people in the places we travel to; candid photos of the locals doing things, often in the street or place of work.

Good candid photography attempts to capture people acting naturally; blind to the camera, unaware of the photographer, and probably not looking directly in the lens.

Best of People Travel Photography

Pluie a Chartres Buddhist Nun Sifting Rice Tibetan refugee Maasai Dancers Baby in Peru Street Artist Fun at the Opera Street Singer in Milan Bombay Smile Jump for Joy Reefer Lady Manolito Long Necked Karen San Blas Native Nepalese Potter Alone

The People Travel Photography Contest is a part of the 2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Competition.

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